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In the ancient Greek era, it was Aesop who was incredibly famous. Fables created by him told people to each other. It was he who in the form of various animals embodied all kinds of human types. This is constant greed, incredible stupidity, great vanity and others. Many, listening to his fables of unusual sharpness, recognized themselves in them.
Aesop was a slave. When the owner was convinced of his mind, he let him go free.
About the appearance of Aesop, many interesting legends are composed. He was usually portrayed as short in stature, always hunchbacked, absolutely repulsive. But in fact, many writers deliberately worked to create a similar appearance of Aesop, deliberately reinforcing all those features that were unpleasant. This was done to highlight the inner beauty of a person against his ugly appearance.
Velazquez depicts the legendary fabulist Aesop. His face is a bit puffy, and his clothes are completely worn. We see a tramp who used to be a slave. But everything changes if you pay attention to Aesop’s gaze. He looks like a judge who graciously listens to excuses, or a doctor who studies the patient intently, and perhaps a teacher who is about to blame the student. Perhaps this is how God himself looks, who observes humanity, which has constantly been tampering with. The man who was at the very bottom of society became almost at the height of God himself.
It was incredibly important for Velazquez to show a special wisdom that is separated from social status and its dignity. Such people are completely devoid of any gloss. They are far beyond society. But they need it precisely for the maximum understanding of this whole society.
On the one hand, the philosophers of Velazquez are completely deprived of life, but for this reason their knowledge of life is incredibly deep.
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